Pastor M. Beecroft, 05/21/2009
In our Holy Gospel, St. Luke tells us the departure of Jesus is a source of great joy for the disciples. Jesus leaves and they are even giddy. Now why would they be so happy about Jesus leaving them? Isn’t it supposed to be hard to say good-bye? Or maybe they were just glad to be out from under His watchful eye, like children going off to college, happy to be on their own. “Finally, Jesus is gone and we can do what we want. No more Jesus pointing out our sins and telling us what is right and wrong.” Of course this is not why the disciples were filled with joy, but there are many who would be happy to see Jesus leave the building for exactly that reason and a few others….